by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, Texas
On this page, the solid alignment of Princess April’s story with the monomyth story cycle as described by Joseph Campbell becomes even clearer. In our post on Page 11, we talked about how the monomyth archetype was one way to view the structure of Letitia’s story-writing. On page 11, there was the first step – The Call to Adventure and now we see our second step on the monomyth journey: The Crossing of the First Threshold:
Crossing the Threshold: This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of his or her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.
So in the first 1/4 of the book, we’ve gone 1/4 of the way around the monomyth circle, through the 1/4 of the dial labeled ‘Separation’ and indeed, a decision to separate is what we see Princess April making on this very page: her fateful decision to leave the Enchanted Forest and step out into the Great World.
While Joseph Campbell’s scholarship ran parallel with Letitia’s life — and there’s a tantalizing hint that Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Joseph Campbell and Campbell’s favorite, Jiddu Krishnamurti, the young messiah-elect of the Theosophical Society, met on the steamship Majestic — the use of the hero’s journey as the basis of story-telling predates the ancient Greeks, and one of the facets through which Princess April Morning-Glory can be seen is that of the mythic heroine’s quest.
Till next week dear readers….